1966 Southeastern 500
|Race 7 of 49 in the 1966 NASCAR Grand National Series season|
Layout of Bristol Motor Speedway
|Date||March 20, 1966|
|Official name||Southeastern 500|
|Location||Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee|
Permanent racing facility|
0.500 mi (0.800 km)
|Distance||500 laps, 250.0 mi (400.0 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures of 69 °F (21 °C); wind speeds of 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)|
|Average speed||69.952 miles per hour (112.577 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||David Pearson||Owens Racing|
|No. 29||Dick Hutcherson||Holman-Moody|
|Television in the United States|
The transition to purpose-built racecars began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s.
Five hundred laps were done on a paved oval track spanning 0.500 miles (0.805 km). The total time of the race was three hours, twenty-four minutes, and twenty-six seconds. There were seven cautions for 92 laps. Speeds were: 69.952 miles per hour or 112.577 kilometres per hour and 86.248 miles per hour or 138.803 kilometres per hour for the pole position speed (accomplished by David Pearson). Dick Hutcherson defeated Paul Lewis by outlapping him more than four times; resulting in Ford's 200th win. The Ray Nichels team had also used the #9 for Larry Frank's entry at Daytona earlier in the season. They also had Don White run multiple car numbers in the 1966 season, so they weren't always consistent with them.
Twenty-five thousand fans saw thirty-two drivers start a race that only seven would complete. Attrition levels were worse in this Bristol race than it is in the 2010 NASCAR Cup Series season; a rare instance where lower speeds on a track are more dangerous than faster speeds. By contrast, the 2010 Food City 500 would see an average speed of 79.618 miles per hour or 128.133 kilometres per hour and a pole position speed of 124.63 miles per hour or 200.57 kilometres per hour with only eight drivers not being able to complete the race.
The total winnings for the race were $21,735 in American dollars ($167,839 when inflation is taken into effect). Notable crew chiefs for this race were Bud Hartje, Frankie Scott, Jake Elder, Jack Sullivan and Herman Beam.
|1||6||David Pearson||'66 Dodge||20.870||86.248||Cotton Owens|
|2||28||Fred Lorenzen||'66 Ford||21.050||85.510||Holman-Moody|
|3||9||Paul Goldsmith||'65 Plymouth||21.060||85.470||Ray Nichels|
|4||43||Jim Paschal||'65 Plymouth||21.090||85.348||Petty Enterprises|
|5||21||Marvin Panch||'66 Ford||21.190||84.945||Wood Brothers|
|6||29||Dick Hutcherson||'66 Ford||21.260||84.666||Holman-Moody|
|7||98||Sam McQuagg||'66 Dodge||21.320||84.427||Ray Nichels|
|8||27||Cale Yarborough||'66 Ford||21.440||83.955||Banjo Matthews|
|9||49||G.C. Spencer||'65 Plymouth||21.520||83.643||G.C. Spencer|
|10||19||J.T. Putney||'66 Chevrolet||21.750||82.758||J.T. Putney|
- Dick Hutcherson† (No. 29)
- Paul Lewis (No. 1)
- James Hylton (No. 48)
- Elmo Langley† (No. 64)
- Sam McQuagg† (No. 98)
- Gene Black† (No. 74)
- Bill Seifert (No. 45)
- Wendell Scott*† (No. 34)
- Henley Gray* (No. 97)
- G.C. Spencer*† (No. 49)
- Clyde Lynn*† (No. 20)
- Gene Cline* (No. 95)
- Johnny Allen* (No. 0)
- Larry Manning*† (No. 63)
- David Pearson*† (No. 6)
- Walter Wallace* (No. 73)
- J. D. McDuffie*† (No. 70)
- Marvin Panch* (No. 21)
- Ned Jarrett* (No. 11)
- Jim Paschal*† (No. 43)
- Paul Goldsmith* (No. 9)
- Fred Lorenzen* (No. 28)
- Bobby Isaac*† (No. 26)
- Cale Yarborough* (No. 27)
- Johnny Steele* (No. 2)
- J.T. Putney*† (No. 19)
- Buddy Arrington* (No. 67)
- Bobby Allison* (No. 24)
- Wayne Smith* (No. 38)
- John Sears*† (No. 04)
- Sonny Lamphear* (No. 96)
- E.J. Trivette* (No. 52)
† signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* Driver failed to finish race
- "1966 Southeastern 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- "1966 Southeastern 500 racing results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
- "2010 Food City 500 - for comparison study". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
- "1966 Southeastern 500 crew chief information". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
- "1966 Southeastern 500 qualifying results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
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